給我一條美麗的路 ~ 第四集~ 跟昨天的自己說再見.
Say YES to a Beautiful Life- Episode 4-
There is No change without sacrifice!
People see photos I posted think that my life is wonderful and carefree. Well, its common that people only see what they wanted to see. I would never know the reality without really experiencing it… …
The rhythm! This is it!
2014 July, with 1000 Euro cash, two credit cards, an ATM card and a 70L backpack, I jumped on a plane for a ‘one-way trip to
Mars Dream’. At the beginning, I enjoyed pretty everything. However, after about a month in Spain, sometimes I woke up without any mood to do anything. I started to get bored by the Spanish stuff, I felt sick of practicing Spanish in bakery by saying ‘quiero café con leche’ every morning. It was time to decide where to go next, I simply picked the cheapest flight available the next day through SkyScanner. I headed to Porto in Portugal, and then Lisbon, and then Belgium, and then Netherlands… …
Gradually, I realised the rhythm: excitement last for approximately 10 days from arriving a new city, then I get bored and tried to refresh myself by moving to next destination. It did happened some awesome people I met on the way kept me stay in the same place, while people comes and goes, the emotional detachment which I had to practice every time when saying goodbye frustrated me.
Lately, I recalled a memory which is part of the closing scene of the first half of my life:
The Executive Director: “Maggie, when do you plan to finish travelling?”
Me “No plan yet, probably until my fund dried up. (smiled) ”
The Executive Director: “What do you think if we keep the post for you?”
dot dot dot, I think I can just skip it because rest of the dialogue was just pushing myself far away from the back door. The conversation kept looping in my head the whole night, I gave myself a decent but crazy conclusion:
I am living on a planet which doesn’t exist anywhere else but just inside me. I created this space with thousands doorways, each of them leads me to a path called “Dream”. Every time when I try to step out, an indistinct force pulling me back. The force called “Money”.
Yes, M-O-N-E-Y is another thing that discomforted me a lot! I am not rich, nor do I have rich parents, or a stream of income that allows me to perpetually stay on the road. At some point of time when I was brewing my idea, I read a post written by a perpetual traveler “How to travel full-time for cheap” , she spent less than 14K Euro per year, isn’t it amazing? I learnt from her that perpetual travel is just like anything else, if you want it, you have to work for it. It’s not just about how to make money on the road, but also how to minimise spending.
I have to admit that I wasn’t used to cautious spending at the beginning. For example, I did not put a second of thought before spending 40 Euro for a beautiful dark coloured paella with a glass of ruby Rioja wine. ( This amount is equivalent to a 1.5 day ALL inclusive expenses for the perpetual traveler I mentioned above.)
Roughly, I spent 3,000 Euro for travelling 4 countries in 2 months before reaching the world known expensive country Iceland. This might just be a tiny amount to most of the ‘normal tourist’. I used to be a ‘normal tourist’ who care much about cuisine, thats why I totally understand how “six meal a day in Taiwan”, or “line up for the most expensive sushi in Japan” give satisfaction. But this pleasure is not for me anymore. Whenever I think of sustaining my travel life by a small amount of savings, I blamed myself why not saving a penny from bus fares in the expenses of 2 hours walk. What a struggle! Who doesn’t know ”spend less than you earn” is the most basic personal finance rule? I have NO WAY to follow this rule with ZERO earnings on the road. I started to worry. I told myself “No more restaurant!”
If you want it, you have to work for it!
Below pictures show how I went to great lengths to convince myself I don’t need much money to live happily.
2016 Jan 17… …
A lady walked in a newly opened bakery in Central HK, packages of sliced bread under spot light caught her eyes, they look puffy and its French wheat flour! She looked at the price tag, HKD$35 for 4 slices. She put it back and walked away, with a smile hanging on face and a 1/3 bunk bed accommodation in head.
All the struggles I gone through changed my value system I knew it sounds stingy and stingy is always a negative characteristic. But don’t read me wrong, I am NOT complaining. All the struggles I gone through changed my value system. I would have never listened to my mom’s advise about stop buying unnecessary things if I did not experience to live on a tight budget. I am happy with the new me.
Breakdown of spending (in Euro) in case anyone interested, I did mark down how much I spent on the road, in approximate numbers.
Airplane fares (I think I am the only perpetual traveller who don’t avoid going too many by plane 🙂 )
HK to Barcelona 1100
Barcelona to Ibiza 50
Barcelona to Mallorca 50
Madrid to Porto $60
Lisbon to Brussels 60
Brussels to Rotterdam 100
Accommodation, on land transportation, meals, entertainment and miscellaneous:
Spain (based Barcelona, Madrid, Ibiza and Mallorca) 29 Days 28 Nights 1,200
Belgium (based Brussels) 7 Days 6 Nights :200
Portugal (based Porto and Lisbon) 12 Days 11 Nights: 400
Netherlands (based Rotterdam) 6 Days 5 Nights: 230
EPISODE 3 第三集
Say NO to a Lifetime Regret! 寧可焦頭爛額，也不要後悔終生!READ
這麼不經不覺，從決定 “Quit now and Go Travel” 到現在已經兩年了！！這兩年百般滋味在心頭，人生中最新鮮的，最興奮的，最低潮的也經歷過了。為慶祝持續了這麼久的毅力和決心，和2016的來臨，我決定弄一個網絡連續散文 – <給我一條美麗的路>，與大家分享我的故事。雖然我fan page followers 寥寥無幾(笑)，但我仍然會用心去寫，希望給有緣份的讀者一個心靈調劑。我知道沒有人不想兩袖清風拾起passport便跳上飛機再回頭拋句 ‘忽念，不回來了’。可惜，真正做到的人又有多少? 可能，”只要有夢想，凡事可成真”這句話不是騙人的。。。
2015 ,12 月
一星期發佈一次。留意Facebook m’Solo travel
Its been 2 years I made the decision ‘Quit now and GO Travel ‘! I experienced so many ups and downs, excitement, desperateness. To celebrate the persistence and determination lasted so far, I am writing a bit about my story with a lovely title <Say YES to a Beautiful Life> to share my experiences, how I conquered the uncertainty feelings, how I fell and how I stood still, still. I wish to cheer up the soul of people who read, I don’t have 10 thousands followers to read the story though (smile). Take the passport, jump into a plane and travel as long as possible would never be the reality for everybody. “What can be imagined, can be achieved” might still be truth… …
New episode will be released once a week. Stay tuned on my Facebook m’Solo Travel.
Featured Pictures: Utrent, Delft and Rotterdam@ Netherlands
Theme: The Dutch Life